My dad was born deaf. As a premature twin this was a normal complication with birth at the time. Over time the little hearing he had progressively worsened. There came a point when I would visit him, that he didn’t want to converse because he simply did not know what you were saying or it was so exhausting to have a conversation that he gave up. After a few years of not hearing a thing, he underwent a surgery for a cochlear implant.
That was miraculous. For the first time in his life he heard birds chirping, my kids talking and other weird noises. One day soon after he and my mom went to the store and he kept jumping and asking what that horrible sound was. Finally they figured out it was the sound from the plastic bags crinkling. It about drove him crazy. They beauty of the situation was the fact that he now heard.
Animals are in communication with their babies. They hear them. Whenever the certain cry rings out, they come running, whether it be chickens, goats, cows or others. They all hear. After raising animals I can hear differences in cries. I know distress or that call for mom’s reassurance.
Psalms 66:16-20 KJV
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”
God hears us. Sometimes we feel our prayers are passing in the wind. Sometimes it may seem as if He is too busy. So many scriptures discuss righteousness with respect to prayer requests. Does God only hear our prayers when we are good? Is he that Conditional?
Genesis 17:1-9, 15-21 KJV
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”
God hears our prayers whether we are worthy or not. The greatest gift and blessings are in obedience. He hears us regardless. He wants you to come as you are. He is actively listening. His promises are true. As you are carrying out your purpose, Christ’s ears are wide open.
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 41:17 KJV
He isn’t waiting for you to be perfect. He is waiting for you to call upon him and he heard your cry.
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24 KJV
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.”
Joel 2:28-32 KJV
He heard it, He promised it, now go do it.
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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